Movies like The Wind and the Lion

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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
 7.0
 7K
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, epic, factual, romantic, dramatic, talky, breathtaking ...
Plot: desert, kidnapping, politics, rescue, crimes, heroes, hostages, confined, marines, missing person, love and romance, danger, society, ransom, woman in danger, state affairs, daring rescue, u.s. marine corps, abduction, german, pirate, military, invasion, warrior, soldier ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: morocco, africa, usa, north africa, washington d.c., middle east, germany

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Most similar movies to The Wind and the Lion

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and suspenseful films with plots about danger, adventure, heroes, escapades, desert, chase and murder mostly in Adventure, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like The Wind and the Lion: Beyond Justice (1992), Death Before Dishonor (1987), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), 24 (2008), Farewell to the King (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Beyond Justice (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman's ex-husband, who is the son of an Arab chieftain, kidnaps their teenage son and brings him back to Morocco, where the boy is to be made the leader of the tribe. The child's mother hires a mercenary to get her son and bring him ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, kidnapping, desert, heroes, dishonesty, missing person, betrayal, rivalry, vengeance, tough heroes, danger, intrigue ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and ...
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, kidnapping, soldier, terrorism, one man army, vengeance, war, escapades, hostages, buddies, military life, leadership ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, airplane, alcoholic, pilot, sahara, thirst, adventure, rescue, danger, family in danger, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, libya, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.5
 25K
24 (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Former federal agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: heroes, special agents, politics, revolution, danger, political unrest, chases and races, secret agents, police corruption, state affairs, daring rescue, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Farewell to the King (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, epic, melancholic ...
Plot: jungle, military, soldier, deserter, war, adventure, survival, betrayal, vengeance, island, adventurer, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, indonesia, asia, usa, manila philippines ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
 47K
Red Dawn (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: invasion, survival, war, adventure, battles, against the odds, save the day, heroic mission, rivalry, heroes, fight back, danger ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, near future
Place: colorado, usa, latin america, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Escape from Zahrain (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Yul Brynner plays political leader Sharif who is sprung from a police van on his way to a firing squad by young loyalists led by Sal Mineo. Yul and the other prisoners kidnap an ambulance and head into the Arabian desert with the police in hot ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: desert, student, arab, daring rescue, adventure, confined, fugitives, state affairs, escapades, chase, military, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, breathtaking ...
Plot: martial arts, soldier, cavalry, sword and sandal, desert, vengeance, adventure, chases and races, uninhibited rivalry, lone wolves, master warrior, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Human Shield (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Human Shield is a 1991 film directed by Ted Post. It stars Michael Dudikoff and Tommy Hinkley. It is about a former government agent who must save his diabetic brother from Iraqi abductors.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, danger, special agents, against the odds, battles, terrorism, rivalry, soldier, hostages, war, escapades, confined ...
Time: 90s, year 1985, year 1990
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: tough heroes, isolation, heroic mission, war, state affairs, revolution, battle, patriotism, mexican army, soldier, fight to the death, heroism ...
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Professionals (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Professionals is a 1966 American Western film directed by Richard Brooks. A kidnap-rescue adventure set in about 1917, it features a small group of experts heading into Mexico to free the Mexican-born wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, kidnapping, scout, old west, chase, adventure, tough heroes, missing person, partners, rivalry, on the run, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1960s
Place: mexico, latin america, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 401
Kidnapped (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. When staunch Stuart dynasty supporter Alan Breck Stewart ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: kidnapping, escapades, crimes, pirate, danger, missing person, heroes, corrupted ruler, state affairs, adventure, confined, ship ...
Time: 18th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.9
 1K
Sahara (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: desert, adventurer, rivalry, treasure hunt, danger, prison, missing person, kidnapping, dishonesty, heroes, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.1
 8K
Red Scorpion (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: South Africa, USA, Namibia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, chase, one man army, assassination, soldier, military, russian, agent, adventure, politics, state affairs, mission of murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: desert, survival, adventure, rescue, air disaster, struggle for survival, human nature, getting home, danger, stranded, radio, threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 291K
The Rock (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, crimes, marines, prison, terrorism, alcatraz, chases and races, escape, commander, hostages, hostage situation, traitor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.5
 235
Hero's Island (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A family shipwrecked on an island must deal with escaped convicts and pirates.
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, pirate, murder, frame up, rescue, against the odds, society, anti war, heroes, danger, woman in danger, deadly ...
Time: 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 11K
The Wild Geese (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, betrayal, military, soldier, aging, racism, rescue, kidnapping, adventure, war, vengeance, good versus evil ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, europe, zimbabwe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.9
 6K
Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: siege, desert, islam, politics, culture clash, imperialism, negotiation, military, british empire, adventure, war, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: sudan, africa, egypt, england, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 744
Sky Riders (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Plot: kidnapping, monastery, castle, hostage, deadly, politics, missing person, terrorism, heroes, chases and races, adventure, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Lion of Thebes (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Fleeing Troy in the wake of its destruction, fair-faced Helen and her faithful protector Arion run into the pharaoh Ramses, who sets his sights on Helen -- and is subsequently murdered. Now it's up to Arion to save Helen from those who wish her ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword and sandal, peplum, legends and myths, master warrior, imaginary, lovers on the run, chases and races, aging, femme fatale, rescue, vengeance, kidnapping ...
Time: ancient history, 60s
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Follow the River (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mary Ingles is pregnant when she and her two sons are captured from their homestead in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains by Shawnee Indians. Her husband, Will, narrowly escapes death during the attack. Impressed by her grace under the pressure of ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, epic
Plot: native american white relationships, kidnapping, survival, wilderness, adventure, crimes, confined, americana, heroes, missing person, captivity, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Shaft in Africa (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective John Shaft travels incognito to Ethiopia, then France, to bust a human trafficking ring.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: circumcision, private detective, espionage, investigation, crime, immigrants, chases and races, working undercover, secret agents, crimes, heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ethiopia, africa, italy, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Delta Force (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, military, soldier, airplane, stewardess, hijacking, terrorist, adventure, chases and races, escapades, daring rescue, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, israel, beirut lebanon, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 3K
March or Die (1977)
Genre: Drama, War, Adventure, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The French Foreign Legion, in the early 20s, is tasked to protect a group of Archaeologists in the middle east. After scenes depicting the hardship of day-to-day Foreign Legion life, and the ragtag collection of people who join, the local Arabs take ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, epic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: archaeologist, foreign legion, desert, obsessive quest, rescue, adventurer, treasure hunt, danger, heroic mission, adventure, military, gypsy ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: morocco, africa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Dogs of War (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, military, revolution, undercover, soldier, torture, battlefield, covert operation, war, adventure, politics, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: africa, central america, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 37K
Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, roman empire, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, moral dilemma, male friendship, resistance fighter, sibling rivalry, ancient rome, justice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, palestine, jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 2K
Ashanti (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.
Style: realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, kidnapping, murder, death, slave, confined, escapades, village life, chases and races, crimes, hostages, adventure ...
Time: 70s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, treasure hunt, crimes, obsessive quest, heroes, rescue, bounty hunter, adventurer, rivalry, chase, chases and races, daring rescue ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
 4K
Steel Dawn (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: desert, martial arts, survival, adventure, vengeance, rivalry, rescue, gang, danger, chaos, destiny, vigilantism ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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